1 Peter 3:13, Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Peter asks the question, Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? Generally speaking, doing good does not usually lead to harm. If you live a good life filled with good deeds, you will be rewarded more times than not with good responses from others.
However, Peter acknowledges in the next verse that we live in a fallen world, and sometimes good deeds are met with hostile responses. Verse 14 says, But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” That statement would fall under the category of “No good deed goes unpunished!” There are times when going out of our ways to do something good is met with hostility from others; Peter’s response to that is to not become discouraged. If you suffer for doing right, you will still be blessed. In other words, Peter is stating that doing the right thing is always the right thing regardless of the results.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D